“Just keep any eye on him, okay? I’ll be back in an hour.”
“We’ll talk later,” she said distractively as she already began to back away from him. “I need to go find Elsa.”
“I don’t like you going alone.”
“I don’t want her to feel like she’s being attacked…I’ll be fine…go take Henry to Granny’s…I’ll be back later.”
Killian kept his eyes trained on hers as she continued to walk backwards, giving him one last haunting look, before turning around and setting off into a run. It was hard to believe that just this morning they had been alone, kissing passionately in the hallway at Granny’s before they were interrupted…again.
Now she was back to being distant…the minute they were pulled away from the kiss he could almost feel her walls shooting back up around her like a fortress. It was so frustrating because he knew he’d have to start back from scratch again…climb those walls inch by inch until she finally let him in.
“She’s just scared.”
Killian looked down at the lad who was giving him a small smile of encouragement. “Aye…I know.” He sighed as he looked over to the direction in which she left. “But she doesn’t have to be…not with me.”
“She knows that…deep down…I think that’s what scares her.” Henry shoved his hands in the pockets of his jacket to ward off the chill. “You just need to keep reassuring her that you won’t leave her…I think a part of her thinks you will…so she’s keeping a safe distance.”
“I’m not bloody leaving,” he said with a bit of bite in his voice. “Storybrooke is my home now…she knows that.”
“No she doesn’t,” Henry disagreed with a shake of his head. “Not really…for all she knows you’re just hanging here until you get bored.”
“That’s absurd,” he balked.
Henry shrugged. “Maybe…but it is what it is…you need to show her…subtly…that you’re not going anywhere.”
Killian frowned slightly. “And how do I do that?”
“Just keep doing what you’re doing, Killian…always be there when she needs you…you’ve already done more for her than most have.”
Henry paused a moment, biting his lip as he studied the pirate that he now considered family…and he always helped family. “There is one thing you can do…something simple…a gesture that will go a long way.”
Killian lifted a brow as he looked down at him. “And what’s that?”